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The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies has offered President Obama 46 recommendations for bolstering accountability of the intelligence community.

The five-member panel was tasked by President Obama in August with coming up with suggestions to overhaul U.S. intelligence gathering and oversight in the aftermath of revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

While Obama won't decide whether he will act on any of the recommendations until next month, the White House decided to release the report to the public Wednesday.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The NSA should cease keeping a massive phone record database that includes nearly every phone call made and received in the USA.
  • Tougher standards should be created for spying on foreign leaders.
  • The NSA should be prohibited from asking companies to insert back doors into their software so it can gain access to encrypted communications and networks.
  • A public interest advocate should be named to represent civil liberties and privacy interests before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
  • A civilian should be appointed to be the next director of the NSA.
  • Leadership of the U.S. military's Cyber Command and the NSA should be split.
  • Legislation should be enacted requiring the intelligence community to report regularly to Congress and the American people on business records and metadata collected.


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